Scarboro SLSC, WA
Scarboro SLSC has maintained their purpose of cultivating and developing surf life-saving through providing both a healthy community as well as saving lives. Building from their “Scarboro 100” strategic plan, Scarboro has become a sustainable club with more resilient members. This plan will take them through to 2028, their 100th year. This is highlighted through their increase in membership, financial security and funding for competitors, streamlining of proficiency process, working with SLSWA and council to expand patrol capability, execution of their Starfish Nippers program for families with disabled children, housing the local Rotary Club (free of charge) and continued support of the Boab Network and Mowanjum Indigenous Community.
Penguin SLSC, TAS
Penguin SLSC has continued to commit to their 5 year strategic plan which has seen them not only exceed their life saving requirements but also their engagement with the broader local community. This has been possible through increased member numbers which allows for roving patrols, facilitating and strengthening their connection with the local school, sending quadruple the number of Nippers to States and tripled their number of advanced award holders, all with only 174 members. Add to this the Club has provided clear pathways for all members to become better life savers and at the same time working with fellow clubs in the area to deliver valuable community education activities.
Christies Beach SLSC, SA
Following a review of operations in 2015/16, Christies Beach SLSC has been able, through a cultural change, collaboratively and collectively transition to a club that demonstrates that all their members and the local community “CAN BE” anything they focus on. This has enabled them, through 5 years of effort, this season to become financially sustainable, continue to increase membership, refresh patrolling equipment, sponsor club members to attend SLS events, update the club house, host the State Masters carnival and provide free fitness events for the local community. Christies Beach is an inclusive club that values what every individual can give to the local community.
Portsea SLSC, LSV
Unprecedented member growth (up 76%) and opening a new clubhouse this season has enabled Portsea SLSC to establish new programs focused on increasing female involvement in the club through their TRIBE program, ocean swims and improved facilities for members. On top of this the club has continued to provide quality community services and works with local stakeholders to serve Portsea better, increase engagement with local schools, provide operational presence to Parks Victoria and strengthen their partnership with Mildura LSC. Portsea continues to provide additional development, events, training, dedicated space in the clubhouse and confidence building for their nearly 1000 junior members.
Umina SLSC this season has continued to develop and review all aspects of the club to ensure consistency, focus and maintaining their culture whilst matching their local community needs. This season Umina has engaged in additional patrols, dealt with increased visitors and provided additional water safety/first aid to non club sporting events. The Club hasn’t forgotten about their member engagement with clubhouse extensions, year round training, skills maintenance and welfare sessions. On top of that the club this year opened the clubhouse to support the community during the threat of bush fires to adjoining suburbs as well as providing assistance to the community throughout extended power outages during storms.
Kirra SLSC, QLD
This season Kirra SLSC for the first time, implemented their own Strategic Plan for the next 5 years. This has seen them provide their members with additional support services, including Mental Health, increasing involvement in surf sports and become debt free. This also includes their proud association with the community where they have taken their Loganlea Youth Development program to the next level, 6 years after its inception. What was just focussed on older high school students getting their Bronze Medallion is now supporting younger ages for their SRC. The program now also helps participants achieve advanced awards, whilst providing not just a dynamic tool for students to learn vital life skills, but also a haven that is safe and calming.